Mountain Bumblebee is extending it’s range

The Mountain bumblebee (Bombus monticola) is extending it’s range in Ireland and has just been recorded in County Waterford. It was first recorded in Ireland in the 1970’s in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains. It is generally found in upland areas of bogs/heaths where it likes to feed on Blaeberry/Bilberry. It has yellow bands and black hairs on its face, but is most distinctive feature is more than half its abdomen is covered in red hairs.

For more information and photographs check out:

http://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/recording-schemes/range-expansion-in-the-mountain-bumblebee/

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About Murtagh's Meadow

As an ecologist I have always had an interest in nature. I love gardening and would spend all day outdoors if I could. I also enjoy taking photographs and writing. I live in the west of Ireland with my young family.
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